My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso - Pablo Picasso.
Pablo Picasso! Is that even his full name?
Aww, hell no! This big wig, is actually known by his full name which is 23 words long - Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso. His name was inspired by several family members and religious figures. But his preferred surname came from his mother, Maria Picasso y Lopez.
Phew! We can just call him Pablo Picasso.
His words “Every child is an artist” hold true.
Born in Spain, Picasso came out as a Spanish painter, sculptor, print-maker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who lived his adult life in France. He is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century for he pioneered the Cubist movement (Cubism) accompanied with one of his fellow artist Georges Braque.
He was prodigious in art from a very early age. And it is said that his first words were “piz piz”, a shortened version of the word “lápiz” (Spanish for pencil).
By the age of nine, he'd finished his first painting. Picasso entered Barcelona's School of Fine Arts, where his father taught, at age 13. Two years later, he completed what he called his first major painting.
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Guernica is a mural-sized oil painting on canvas by Pablo Picasso, completed in June 1937, at his home, in Paris. The painting was created after the bombing of Guernica, a village in northern Spain. It was exhibited at the Spanish display and then at other venues around the world. The touring exhibition was used to raise funds for Spanish war relief.
The Gestapo pointed to Guernica and asked Picasso, “Did you do this?” to which Picasso replied, “No, you did!” indicating that the war was led by him and his men.
The painting became famous and widely acclaimed, and it helped bring worldwide attention to the Spanish Civil War.
But, every good side has a bad and so did Picasso.
He was a womanizer and left behind a dysfunctional family.
He lost his virginity at 13 or 14 at a brothel and had a long string of lovers since then. They were required to be submissive and shorter than him.
He married only twice, and had four children and eight grandchildren. Of the six most notable women in Picasso’s life, two went mad and two committed suicide.
The tale of scribble on napkin!
It always reminds me of the story about the woman who approached Picasso in a restaurant, asked him to scribble something on a napkin, and said she would be happy to pay whatever he felt it was worth. Picasso complied and then said, “That will be $10,000.”
“But you did that in thirty seconds,” the astonished woman replied.
“No,” Picasso said. “It has taken me forty years to do that.”
Success is no accident, Darling!
Did Picasso steal Mona Lisa?
On August 21, 1911, someone stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre and turned the art world upside-down. When a French newspaper offered a reward for information, a man came forward with a statue he'd stolen from the museum four years earlier. He claimed to have stolen a few of them for the poet Guillaume Apollinaire, who'd sold them to Picasso. Then Picasso was taken to court, where he denied knowing that the statues he'd purchased were stolen. There was no real evidence or a link to the Mona Lisa theft, so Picasso wasn't charged.
The real thief, Vincenzo Peruggia, was caught in 1913 when he tried to sell the stolen Mona Lisa to an art dealer. Peruggia had once been a guard at the Louvre and constructed the frame that encased the painting. He claimed to have stolen the Mona Lisa to bring her home to Italy, but some still believe that Picasso may have had something to do with it.
So, despite his controversial personal and professional lives, Picasso’s extraordinary talents have shaped the 20th century and turned him into an icon. His greatest number of contributions to modern art, believed to be highest (50,000), have left behind a huge history containing some of the most celebrated and coveted masterpieces.
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